Military Monday – Mrs Abby Augusta (Hill) Meserve References Samuel Shackford’s Service as Basis of Her Daughters of the American Revolution Application (Blog 458)

Abby Augusta Hill, the daughter of Levi Gerrish and Abigail  Burnham (Shackford) Hill was born August 16, 1842 in Somersworth, New Hampshire.  She lived with her parents until her marriage to Major William Neal Meserve on November 30, 1864.

William served another term in the military from  December 14, 1864 to June 17, 1865 and then the new family lived in Roxbury, Massachusetts with William’s father Isaac in 1865.  He must have needed time to rest as he had served at the Battles of South Mountain, Antietam, Sulphur Springs, Fredericksburg, Vicksburg, Jackson, Campbell’s Sta., Knoxville, Spottslyvania, North Anna, Cold Harbor, Petersburgh, Weldon R. R., and Peebles Farm.  They moved to Norfolk, Virginia before 1870 where William worked as a dentist.  He then pursued the ministry obtaining a degree from the Theological Institute and was ordained in 1874 in Santa Cruz, California.  He lived in Oakland, Antioch, Philadelphia and Durango before the family settled in Litchfield, Connecticut in 1880 where William worked as a clergyman.

By 1881 the family was in Durango, Colorado and in June 1885 William moved the family to El Paso, Colorado.  Sometime thereafter William abandoned the family and moved to California alone.

Abby remained in Colorado and around 1897 applied for and was accepted into the Daughters of the American Revolution as member 21103.

DAR Lineage Mrs Abby Hill Meserve Dolliver Louise Pearsons, Historian General, Lineage Book National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution Vol XXII. 21001-22000 1897 (Wash

MRS. ABBY HILL MESERVE. 21103
Born in Somersetworth, New Hampshire
Wife of Maj. William Neal Meserve.
Descendant of Capt. Samuel Shackford and of Solomon
Buzell, of New Hampshire.
Daughter of Levi Gerrish Hill, A. M., M. D., and Abigail Burn-
ham Shackford, his wife.
Granddaughter of Andrew Neal Hill and Sallie Leighton, his wife;
Samuel Shackford and Nancy Buzell, his wife.
Gr.-granddaughter of Samuel Shackford, Jr., and Nancy Walker, his
wife; Solomon Buzell and Elizabeth Burnham, his wife.
Gr.-gr-grandaughter of Samuel Shackford and Mary Elizabeth
Marshall King, his wife.
Samuel Shackford (1728-1812), served in the Rhode Is-
land and Burgoyne campaignes. He was born in Newington;
died in Portsmouth, N.H.
Solomon Buzell, (1761-1812), served in the Rhode Island
campaign, 1778. He died in Northwood, N.H.
Also Nos. 14175, 15093, 19352

In 1900, Abby was living in Grand Junction, Colorado with her son Richard and a cousin, Mary Kingsley Shackford. She remained in Grand Junction until her death due to pneumonia at the age of 70 on December 21, 1912.  She was buried with her parents in the Pine Hill Cemetery in Dover, New Hampshire.   Her husband William Neal Meserve who had moved to California around 1886 died in  San Diego and was buried there in the Mount Hope Cemetery

CHILDREN:

Frederick Hill Meserve (1865-1962) – dry goods, textile manufacturing, collector of civil war photographs, married Edith Turner

William Curtis Meserve (1868-1950) – married Olive A Dodgion

Richard Earle Meserve (1871-1953) – mechanical engineer, married Lola Eudora

John Shackford Meserve (1873-1955) – physician,  married Edith Johnson Connor

Philip French Meserve (1876-????) – believe he died young

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SOURCES:

1850 United States Federal Census, Strafford County, New Hampshire, population schedule, Dover, page 109 (pened), 55 (stamped), dwelling 567, family number 857, Levi G Hill; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 21 November 2015).

1860 United States Federal Census, Strafford County, New Hampshire, population schedule, Ward 3, Dover City, Page No 103, dwelling 542, family 835, Levi G Hill; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 21 November 2015).

1865 Massachusetts State Census, Norfolk County, population schedule, Roxbury, dwelling 105, family 117, Isaac H Meserve; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 23 October 2017).

1870 United States Federal Census, Norfolk County, Virginia, population schedule, Norfolk, Page No 25, dwelling 171, family 226, Wm N Meserve; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 23 October 2017).

1880 United States Federal Census, Litchfield, County, Connecticut, population schedule, Harwinton, enumeration district (ED) Enumeration District No 28, Page No 1, dwelling 3, family 3, Wm N Meserve; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 11 August 2015).

1885 Colorado State Census, El Paso, population schedule, , William Meserve; digital images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 23 October 2017)

1900 United States Federal Census, Mesa County, Colorado, population schedule, Grand Junction, enumeration district (ED) 74, Sheet No 7A, dwelling 182, family 163, Abby H Meserve; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 23 October 2017).

1910 United States Federal Census, Mesa County, Colorado, population schedule, Grand Junction, enumeration district (ED) 94, Sheet 5A, dwelling 91 family 97; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 23 October 2017).

Dolliver Louise Pearsons, Historian General, Lineage Book National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution Vol XXII. 21001-22000 1897 (Washington, D.C.: 1906), page 37; digital images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com :

Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States San Francisco (San Francisco: 20 November 1895), Meeting Agenda Nov 20, 1895; digital images, HathiTrust (https://babel.hathitrust.org : accessed 23 October 2017.

New Hampshire, New Hampshire, Marriage Records, 1637-1947, , Wm. N. Meserve and Abbie A. Hill, 30 November 1864; index and images, Family Search (http://familysearch.org : accessed 11 August 2015).

“North American Cemetery Transcriptions from NEHGS Manuscripts, 1642-1977: NH, Strafford: Dover-Pine Hill,” digital images, AmericanAncestors (https://www.americanancestors.org : accessed 13 September 2017), Buckleys buried in Pine Hill (no 1074, p, 256).

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Sunday’s Obituary – George Shackford of East Boston (1818-1888) “Life’s Contract Fulfilled” (Blog 457)

We love the title of George Shackford’s obituary – “LIFE’S CONTRACT FILLED”

George Shackford, the seventh child of Samuel and Hannah (Currier) Shackford was born on August 6, 1818 in Chester, New Hampshire.  When he was 23, his father died and left him $1 as a token of remembrance – the homestead in Chester given to George’s older brother Jonathan.

According to William Cutter’s Historic Homes and Places and Genealogical and Personal Memoirs relating to the Families of Middlesex County, Massachusetts, Volume 4, George moved to Boston at a young age beginning his profession as a wharf and bridge builder.  We find him in Boston by 1845 living at 7 Gouch St.  He was listed as wharf builder at the age of 33 on April 13, 1853 when he married Rutha Elizabeth Crosby, the daughter of Alonzo and Rutha (Bemis) Crosby.  The next year, he and his brother Richard were formally authorized to build a wharf in East Boston.  According to Cutter he was responsible for repairing wharfs along Atlantic Avenue in Boston and in East Boston and rebuilt the Meridian Street Bridge in Chelsea.  George continued with his occupation of wharf building and bridge contractor living at 98 Decatur, Boston, 69 Saratoga St, and eventually 76 Saratoga St where he died.  George died of complications of Bright’s Disease in Boston at the age of 70 on December 30, 1888. This obituary was published in the Boston Globe the next day:

Obituary George Shackford 1818-1888 Boston Daily Globe December 31, 1889
Boston Daily Globe, 31 Dec 1888

LIFE’S CONTRACT FILLED

Death of George Shackford of East Boston

George Shackford, one of the oldest and
most prominent citizens of East Boston,
died at his home, 76 Saratoga street, yester-
day after a lingering illness, of
Bright’s disease. Mr. Shackford was 70
years of age and resided nearly all his life
in East Boston. He carried on a very suc-
cessful business as a bridge contractor until
two years ago when he was stricken down
with the disease which caused his death.
He was a most interesting companion and
was universally respected. The date of the
funeral has not yet been settled upon. Mr
Shackford leaves a widow, one son and a
daughter, both of whom are married and
reside in East Boston.

George’s wife Rutha died at the age of 84 on June 13, 1914 in Boston.  They were both buried at the Mt Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge.

CHILDREN:

George Alonzo Shackford (1854-1942) – worked with his father in the bridge and wharf building business – married  Mary Pinkham and Alice Blaker Pote.

Hannah Elizabeth Shackford (1856-1907) – married William G Grady

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SOURCES:

Cutter William Richard, A. M , editor, Historic Homes and Places and Genealogical and Personal Memoirs relating to the Families of Middlesex County, Massachusetts, Volume 4 (New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1908), page 1804; digital images, Google E-Books (http://books.google.com : accessed 13 September 2013.

“LIFE’S CONTRACT FILLED Death of George Shackford of East Boston,” Boston Daily Globe (Boston, Massachusetts), 31 December 1888; digital images, Access Newspaper Archives (http://access.newspaperarchive.com : accessed 19 September 2017).

Massachusetts, Massachusetts Marriages, 1841-1915, , George Shackford m Ruth E Crosby, 13 April 1853; digital images, FamilySearch (http://www.familysearch.org : accessed 31 March 2014).

Massachusetts, Massachusetts Deaths, 1841-1915, DEATHS REGISTERED in the City of Boston for the Year eighteen hundred and eighty-eight, page 438, George Shackford, death, 30 December 1888; digital images, Family Search (http://familysearch.org : accessed 11 August 2013).

Massachusetts, Massachusetts Deaths, 1841-1915, , Rutha E Shackford, 13 June 1914; digital images, Family Search (http://familysearch.org : accessed 15 August 2015).

New Hampshire, New Hampshire, Birth Records, 1659-1900, , George Shackford, 6 August 1818; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 2 September 2013); “New Hampshire, Birth Records, through 1900.” Online index and digital images. New England Historical Genealogical Society. Citing New Hampshire Bureau of Vital Records, Concord, New Hampshire.

Secretary of the Commonwealth, Acts and Resolves Passed By the General Court of Massachusetts in the Year 1854 Together With the Rolls and Messages (Boston: William White, Printer to the State, n.d.), Page 81; 1854, Google eBooks (http://books.google.com : accessed 12 July 2017.

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Aug 28th [1763] Abigail Daughter to Mr Samll & Elizath Shackford was baptized. (Blog 453)

While cleaning out our hardcopy genealogy files we found a folder titled SHACKFORD, ABIGAIL 1763- which included one document – a hardcopy printout showing page 154 and 155 with a title NEWINGTON CHURCH RECORDS.  BAPTISMs with a handwritten note NHGR Vol 4.

We were able to find a digital copy of the original source  on Google Books and know from previous research that Abigail was the daughter of Samuel and Abigail (Ring) Shackford  who we’ve previously written about.

Abigail Shackford baptized Tibbetts Charles W. Editor and Publisher, The New Hampshire Genealogical Record. Vol IV January 1907-October 1907 (Dover, N. H Charles W. Tibbetts, 1907
New Hampshire Genealogical Record, No 4, page 154

NEWINGTON CHURCH RECORDS.
BAPTISMS.
[Continued from Vol. IV, page 112]

1763

Augst 28th Abigail Daughter to Mr Samll & Elizath Shack-
ford was baptized.

In his book New Hampshire Families in the Eighteenth Century, Henry Hardon lists Abigail’s birth as April 21, 1763 referencing a family Bible that was in the possession of a Francis A Door of Woburn, Mass in 1920. This birth date aligns with the baptism date listed in the New Hampshire Genealogical Record.

This is all we know of Abigail at this time – we’d love to know if the Bible referenced was preserved and learn if it or any other sources include any further references to her.  We’d also want to thank those who spent time documenting these records back in 1907!

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SOURCES:

Hardon Henry W, Newington, New Hampshire Families in the Eighteenth Century (Bowie, Maryland: Heritage Books, Inc, 1991), page 168.

Tibbetts Charles W. Editor and Publisher, The New Hampshire Genealogical Record. An Illustrated Quarterly Magazine Devoted to Genealogy, History and Biography Vol IV January 1907-October 1907 (Dover, N. H.: Charles W. Tibbetts, 1907), No. 4, page 154; digital images, Google Books (http://books.google. com : accessed 28 August 2017.

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Saml Shurburn and Abigl Shackford wr marryd ye 11th June 1719 (Blog 451)

We’re slowly cleaning out a genealogy file cabinet, finding or creating a digitized copy of the paper, cleaning up our RootsMagic files, and writing blogs about the information we find in our files! Going to be a long project but will be happy to have three file drawers to use when we’re done!!

Today we discovered this document filed under Abigail Shackford (abt 1700-abt 1734)

Samuel Sherburn and Abigail Shackford married The New-England Historical & Genealogical Register and Antiquarian Journal For the Year 1870. Volume XXIV (Boston The So
New-England Historical & Genealogical Register, Jan 1870, page 13

A RECORD OF BIRTHS, MARRIAGES AND DEATHS IN
PORTSMOUTH, N.H. FROM 1706 to 1742.
[Communicated by Col. Joshua W Peirce, of Portsmouth.]
Continued from vol. xxiii. page 395

Saml Shurburn and Abigl Shackford both of Portsmo wr maryd 27 May
1719

We don’t know much about Abigail other than this marriage record and the fact that we can place her as the child of Samuel Shackford (abt 1674-abt 1731) because we find her indirectly listed in her father’s will which was proved on Mar 11, 1730/1. He left his son-in-law Samuel Sherburn the Eastern end of a house.  We presume Abigail died before August 25, 1734 when Samuel remarried.  We don’t know if she had any children – think not as his children seem to have christening dates after his remarriage.

Henry Hardon places Abigail’s birth at 1700 — we haven’t found any sources and presume that’s an estimation based on her marriage date.

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SOURCES:

Hardon Henry W, Newington, New Hampshire Families in the Eighteenth Century (Bowie, Maryland: Heritage Books, Inc, 1991), p.163-4.

Libby Charles T., Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and New Hampshire, Vol 5 (n.d.), page 622; digital image, FamilySearch.org (https://dcms.lds.org : accessed 10 January 2016.

Metcalf Henry Harrison and Otis Grant Hammond, Probate Records of the Province of New Hampshire Vol. II 1718-1740 State Papers Series Vol 21 (Bristol, New Hampshire: R. W. Musgrove, Printer, 1914), page 404; digital images, Hathi Trust (http://www.hathitrust.com : accessed 17 January 2014

New-England Historic-Genealogical Society, The New-England Historical & Genealogical Register and Antiquarian Journal For the Year 1870. Volume XXIV: Published Quarterly, Under the Direction of the New England Historic, Genealogical Society (Boston: The Society, 1870), Jan 1870, page 13; digital images, Archive.org (https://archive.org : accessed 28 August 2017.

Woods Henry Ernest, The New England Historical and Genealogical Register Volume LVIII 1904 (Heritage Books, Inc, 1999), 231-232; digital images, Google Books (http://books.google.com : accessed 10 February 2015.

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Wednesday Wedding – Richard Shackford, Wharf Builder of Boston Marries His Housekeeper, Isiphene Mann Eighteen Months After His First Wife Dies (Blog 445)

We learned about Mrs Isiphene Shackford from this obituary found in the the Bar Harbor Mount Desert Herald

Mrs Isiphene Shackford Slips from South Surry, Bar Harbor Mount Desert Herald (Bar Harbor, Maine), 22 January 1886
Bar Harbor Mount Desert Herald, 22 Jan 1886

The remains of Mrs. Isiphene Shackford who died at her home in Winthrop, Mass., on New Year’s day, were brought to Surry for internment, and placed in Morgan’s Bay cemetery, on Thursday last.

The Faylene Hutton Cemetery Collection listed her husband as Richard Shackford which helped us place him as Richard, the son of Samuel and Hannah (Currier) Shackford who was born on October 3, 1812 in Chester, New Hampshire.  On March 22, 1840, he married Elizabeth Rankin who died in Winthrop on May 30, 1864.

We don’t know when Isiphene started working as Richard’s housekeeper but the 1865 census taken on May 13, 1865 after her death shows Richard Shackford, age 53 living in Winthrop with his housekeeper, Isiphenia Mann, age 24.

They married on December 7 of that year:Marriage Record Richard Shackford Isiphene Mann

MARRIAGES REGISTERED IN THE Town of Winthrop for the Year eighteen hundred and sixty-five, page 5 Richard Shackford, Winthrop, age 53, Wharf Builder, born Chester, N.H., parents Samuel & Hannah Schackford, Second, Porter M Winton Pastor, M. E. Chc, Winthrop
Isiphenia Mann, Winthrop, age 25, born Surry, Me, parents Robert & Hannah Mann

Isiphenia whose name is spelled many ways – Isiphenia, Isiphena, Josephine, Isiphemia, and Isiphene was the daughter of Robert and Hannah (Eaton) Mann, born in Surry, Maine on February 21, 1841.  She and her husband Richard are found in the 1870 and 1880 census records living in Winthrop — Richard with an occupation as a bridge builder – his previous occupations were wharf builder, pile driver.  He also served on the Boston Common Council and was a selectman in Boston during the Civil War

Isiphene was only 44 when she died of peritonitis on Jan 1, 1886 after being ill for five days.  She was buried in the Bayview Cemetery in her home town of Surry, Maine.  Her husband Richard died on April 6, 1895 and was buried in Wells, Maine next to his first wife Elizabeth.

CHILDREN: (with wife Elizabeth Rankin)

William Henry (1842-1846) – buried in Wells, Maine

Mary Ann Shackford (1845-1845) – buried in Wells, Maine

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SOURCES:

1865 Massachusetts Census, Suffolk County, population census, Winthrop, no page number, dwelling 72, family 82, Richard Shackford; digital images, FamilySearch (http://www.familysearch.org : accessed 21 April 2015).

1870 United States Federal Census, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, Winthrop, Page No 6, dwelling 42, family 47, Richard Shackford; digital images, FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org : accessed 21 April 2015).

1880 United States Federal Census, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, population census, Winthrop, enumeration district (ED) Enumeration District No 575, Page No 18, dwelling 94 family 99, Richard Shackford; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 21 April 2015).

Find A Grave, Find A Grave, digital images (http://www.findagrave.com : accessed 17 July 2014), Mary M. Shackford, Find A Grave Memorial# 131853042.

Find A Grave, Find A Grave, digital images (http://www.findagrave.com : accessed 17 July 2014), William Henry Shackford, Find A Grave Memorial# 131853071.

“Maine, Faylene Hutton Cemetery Collection, ca. 1780-1990,” index and Images, FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org : accessed 19 April 2015), Isiphenia Shackford.

“Massachusetts Marriages, 1695-1910,” index, FamilySearch (http://www.familysearch.org : accessed 6 April 2015), Richard Shackford m Isiphemia Mann 7 Dec 1865.

Massachusetts, Massachusetts, Death Records, 1841-1915, , Elizabeth Shackford, 30 June 1864; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 10 August 2013); Massachusetts Vital Records, 1840–1911. New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, Massachusetts.

New Hampshire, New Hampshire Birth Records, Early to 1900, , Richard Shackford, 3 October 1812; digital images, FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org : accessed 6 April 2015).

“Slips from South Surry,” Bar Harbor Mount Desert Herald (Bar Harbor, Maine), 22 January 1886; digital images, Digital Archives of the Friends of Island History (http://islandhistory.newspaperarchive.com/ : accessed 10 January 2014).

Town of Winthrop, Town of Winthrop : Record of Deaths 1886 (1886), ; digital images, Archive.org (https://archive.org : accessed 12 July 2017

Updated on 7/23/2017 to reflect correct Elizabeths’ month of death as May and the year Isiphene’s year of death as 1886.  We wish to thank Cathy who noticed this error.

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Mystery Monday – Why Was Samuel Quimby Shackford Suing Ship Hermann in California in 1850? (Blog 416)

Samuel Quimby Shackford, the eighth child of Samuel and Hannah (Currier) Shackford was born in Chester, New Hampshire September 25, 1822.  When he was 19 years old, his father died and left everything to his mother Hannah and his brother Jonathan.  Samuel Q and his siblings  received $1 as a token of remembrances. Seven years later, on January 31, 1849, Samuel and two of his brothers John and Luther headed to California aboard the Steamer Corsair.

Sometime thereafter Samuel filed a lawsuit against Ship Hermann and Owners.  This is all we know about the lawsuit:

Samuel Q Shackford vs Ship Hermann DISTRICT COURT, Daily Alta California (San Francisco, California), 14 August 1850
Daily Alta California, Aug 14, 1850

DISTRICT COURT-Judge Parsons – Samuel Q Shackford vs Ship Hermann and Owners. – This was a motion to set aside writ of attachment. Motion argued and overruled.

Unfortunately Samuel died on Oct 9, 1850, 45 days after filing the lawsuit – he was only 28 years old.  Someday we hope to learn more about why Samuel sued the Ship Hermann

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SOURCES:

Chase John Carroll, History of Chester New Hampshire Including Auburn A Supplement to the History of Old Chester Published in 1869 (Derry, New Hampshire: John Carroll Chase, 1926), page 357-358; digital image, Archive.org (https://archive.org : accessed 27 December 2016.

“DISTRICT COURT,” Daily Alta California (San Francisco, California), 14 August 1850; digital images, California Digital Newspaper Collection (https://cdnc.ucr.edu : accessed 11 March 2017).

Find A Grave, Find A Grave, digital images (http://www.findagrave.com : accessed 5 April 2015), Samuel L Find A Grave Memorial# 140723334.

New Hampshire, New Hampshire, Birth Records, 1659-1900, , Samuel Quimby Shackford, 25 September 1822; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 7 July 2013); “New Hampshire, Birth Records, through 1900.” Online index and digital images. New England Historical Genealogical Society. Citing New Hampshire Bureau of Vital Records, Concord, New Hampshire.

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Military Monday – Seth Ring Shackford – Died in the Battle of Saratoga October 7, 1777, age 23 – Honored at Saratoga National Historical Park Memorial Day 2016 (Blog 414)

When we arrived at Saratoga National Historical Park on June 7, 2016 to learn about Seth Ring Shackford and the Battle of Saratoga, Park historian Eric was in the midst of an excellent presentation to a school group totally engaging a group of sixth graders about life in the Revolutionary Army.  He provided an outstanding description of the background, battles, and outcomes of the Battle of Saratoga at a level perfect for the young school children, adults with little background of the battle (myself), and those with a background of the battle (my husband).

When Eric was finished we asked him about Seth Shackford and learned that Seth had just been honored at the park on Memorial Day along with the other many soldiers of the 3rd New Hampshire who died fighting at the Battle of Saratoga.  He also showed us a map on the area outlining the places where Seth had most likely been camped and where he most likely fought on September 19th, and where he  had been  on the battlefield when he died.  We were pleased to be able to share Seth’s birth date and our source for that information with Eric.

Seth Ring Shackford was the fourth son of Samuel and Elizabeth (Ring) Shackford born Sept 22, 1754 in Newington, New Hampshire[1].  He most likely was very aware of the political climate of the time as his father who had been serving as Selectman, Town Moderator, and had been one of the parties responsible to ensure members of his community signed the Declaration by the Inhabitants of New Hampshire on April 12, 1776[2].

Seth served in many military units – the first record we found is his service under Captain David Copps unit which went to Winter Hill in Somerville, Massachusetts in December 1775[3].  On July 28, 1776 he mustered in Col Wingate’s Regiment[4] .  His name then appears on a payroll for the same unit headed to Ticonderoga.   In January 1777 we find him with Captain Richard Wear’s Company commanded by Colonel Scammel.

On April 1, 1777 Seth enlisted under Capt Isaac Frye.  He’s listed in the US Revolutionary War Rolls on 15 Jun 1777[5] and showing as under Captain Wear’s Company on September 1 1777.  That same document lists him as a sergeant and states  “ killed October 7, 1777”[6][7].   Some references list Seth as  a private when he died,  and others as a sergeant – none of the documents remind us that he had just turned 23 years old about three weeks before he died.

On October 17, 1777, ten days after Seth’s death, the British under General Burgoyne, surrendered to the American Colonists led by General Gates.  This victory is seen by historians as the “Turning Point of the American Revolution.”

We assume that Seth was one of the many soldiers who were buried on the battlefield. While driving through along the excellent driving tour through the park we listened the mobile web app and read the well done interpretive stations.  Along this driving route we found this special memorial honoring the many soldiers who died in the Battles of Saratoga.

Memorial at Saratoga Springs Historical Park Unknown Soldier whole monument photo by Joanne Parkes.jpg
The Unknown American Soldiers photo Joanne Shackford Parkes

THE UNKNOWN AMERICAN SOLDIERS

WHO PERISHED IN THE BATTLES OF
SARATOGA
SEPTEMBER – 19 AND OCTOBER 7 – 1777

AND WERE HERE BURIED IN UNMARKED
GRAVES
HELPED TO ASSURE THE TRIUMP OF THE
WAR OF INDEPENDENCE
TO CREATE THE REPUBLIC OF THE
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
AND TO ESTABLISH LIBERTY THROUGHOUT
THE WORLD
IN HONOR OF THESE PATRIOTS
AND IN RECOGNITION OF THE
BICENTENNIAL OF THE BIRTH OF
GEORGE WASHINGTON
THIS MEMORIAL IS ERECTED
BY THE
DAUGHERS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION
OF NEW YORK STATE
1951

There also was a separate memorial placed in honor of the New Hampshire Men who fought in these decisive battles.

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SOURCES:

[1] Hardon Henry W, Newington, New Hampshire Families in the Eighteenth Century (Bowie, Maryland: Heritage Books, Inc, 1991), page 168

[2] American Archives Documents of the American Revolution (http://lincoln.lib.niu.edu/ : accessed 14 May 2014), Signers in Newington.

[3] Fitts James Hill, Rev. and Edited and Arranged by Rev. N. F. Carter, History of Newfields New Hampshire 1638-1911 (Concord, N. H.: 1912), page 263; digital images, Google Books (http://books.google.com : accessed 16 February 2014.

[4] Muster Roll for the Company in Col Wingate’s Regiment.

[5] “U.S., Revolutionary War Rolls, 1775-1783,” digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 4 June 2016), Seth R Shackford.

[6] McClintock John Norris, Colony Province State 1623-1888 History of New Hampshire (Boston: B. B Russell, Cornhill, 1888), page 389; digital images, Google Books (http://books.google.com : accessed 16 February 2014

[7] Metcalf Henry H, Editor and Manager, The Granite Monthly A New Hampshire Magazine Devoted to History, Biography, Literature and State Progress. (Vol. VLI, No 7, July 1909, New Series, Vol 4, No 7) (Dover, N. H.: H. H. Metcalf, Publisher, n.d.), page 231, Volume One 1877-8; digital images, Google Books (http://books.google.com : accessed 16 February 2014; New Hampshire at Saratoga.

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